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High on a hill...

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Arch, 10 Sep 2007.

  1. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    ... is a stone age quarry, yodel ay-ee, yodel ay-ee ,yodelay-ee-ee...

    And I'm off in a minute on a coach trip to see it (Great Langdale). It's years since I walked up a proper hill, wish my legs luck!

    Tomorrow, I will be going down a flint mine, in Norfolk...
     
  2. oxbob

    oxbob New Member

    Location:
    oxford
    Good god!! she's morphing into phil harding http://www.channel4.com/history/microsites/T/timeteam/biog_phil.html
     
  3. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    can you get cycling shoes for that carbon footprint? :blush:
     
  4. ...make sure your mate Patrick knows you're going down... he'll be up all night worrying otherwise...:blush:
     
  5. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Don't wreck it for gods sake!
     
  6. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Cool, enjoy, Arch!
     
  7. sheddy

    sheddy Veteran

    Location:
    Suffolk
    Grimes Graves or somewhere else ?
     
  8. Hover Fly

    Hover Fly Lover of the bunny

    Ah, yes. The one that mysteriously disappeared (off OS maps) a few years ago.
     
  9. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    I'd be happier if I were hanging on to her legs to make sure she's safe. :ohmy:
     
  10. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

  11. Oh my word - great langdale...one of my favourite places, but not to walk!!! Last time I walked there I'd just done the coast to coast, so my little legs were somewhat weary. Halfway down stickle gill they folded underneath me and I could barely walk down the mountain. Us cyclists aren't meant to walk, you know.
    Enjoy btw....
     
  12. Canrider

    Canrider Guru

    Is that Mark taking a class trip or something?
     
  13. OP
    OP
    Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Yup, well, it's the Implement Petrology Group Conference trip, and I've been helping out, so I got to go for free...

    Blimey. That was hard going, but amazing views, and Neolithic stone working waste just lying around in great drifts... I opted out of the scramble around Pike O'Stickle to see the other quarry, but just up there and back was at my limit! Oh, my legs! And my bruised toenail - coming down can be so painful on the toes...

    Anyway, today is Grimes Graves, so it's all flat, apart from the ladder down the mine...
    :blush:
     
  14. starseven

    starseven Guest

    Going up will be fine Arch, whatch out coming doooooowwwwwn!!!!!!!
     
  15. OP
    OP
    Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    A few pics of the last couple of days...

    Monday:

    Took so many views of Langdale, hard to do it justice! Just thinking about walking up this far is making my legs hurt again...

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    But this is why we were here:

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    The waste products of a thousand or more years of stone axe manufacture. Neolithic folk came up here, 4 to 5000 years ago, maybe earlier, and extracted this stuff from outcrops using sticks, antler picks, hammer stones and fire, and the resulting axes were traded right across the country...

    I opted out of the scramble around Pike O'Stickle...

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    Tuesday:

    Grimes Graves:
    Each of these depressions was once the shaft of a flint mine:
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    Being 'experts' we got to go down the one the public can't...

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    The vertical shaft leads into horizontal galleries (only a couple of feet high) that the seams of flint came out of... (the flash is flooding the scene with light - we were seeing by torch)

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    Here's the good stuff they were after:

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    All dug out with picks like these (these really are 5000 year old deer antlers, not modern props...!)

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    A bit dusty, crawling through the chalk, but an amazing experience! I do wish I didn't look quite so much like a startled rabbit, but hey, it's hard to be glamorous 50 feet underground in a hard hat!

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